A large painted 'Cizhou' 'figural' jar, Yuan dynasty, 14th century

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Lot 388. A large painted 'Cizhou' 'figural' jar, Yuan dynasty, 14th century. Height 12 in., 30.5 cm. Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 USD. © Sothebys.

Property from a Distinguished New York Private Collection.

Provenance: Property of a Gentleman.
Christie's London, 11th-13th June 1990, lot 81.
Marchant, London.
Christie’s New York, 14th September 2017, lot 731.

NoteA closely related jar decorated with a similar figure of a robed scholar in a cartouche is in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World’s Great Collections, vol. 9Tokyo, 1981, pl. 84. Compare also three other closely related Cizhou jars, one illustrated in Suzanne G. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, p. 144, pl. 139; another illustrated in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, vol. 1, 1976, pl. 658 and subsequently sold at Christie’s New York, 17th March 2017, lot 1174; the third sold in our London rooms, 11th July 1978, lot 107. 

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 23 March 2022